Jury convicts Florida man of killing NY state trooper in '14

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Posted: Aug 05, 2016 12:02 PM

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A Florida man accused of deliberately driving his vehicle into a New York state trooper who was issuing a ticket has been convicted of first-degree murder.

A jury Friday found Almond Upton, of Melrose, Florida, guilty of the 2014 death of 42-year-old Trooper Christopher Skinner. He faces a possible punishment of from 20 years to life in prison at a Nov. 10 sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say the trooper was issuing a ticket along Interstate 81 near Binghamton in upstate New York when Upton purposely drove his vehicle at 93 mph into the officer.

Attorneys for the 62-year-old Florida man argued he lacked the mental capacity to understand what he had done. They had hoped the evidence would justify an insanity defense.